Why did the tomato turn red? Because it saw the salad dressing!
Speaking of salads, let’s talk about something far more exciting than my awful jokes—Auckland’s vegan restaurants. You’ll be red with excitement too once you discover the variety of plant-based eateries in store for you in the city!
1. Sunflower Thai Vegan Restaurant
Address: 50 High St Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 302 0616
- Monday to Friday 11:30 AM to 3 PM & 5 PM to 9 PM
- Saturday – 11 AM to 9 PM
If it’s authentic Thai cuisine you’re after, Sunflower Thai Vegan Restaurant is your go-to. This eatery offers a wide array of vegan Thai dishes that are flavorful, satisfying, and won’t leave you missing the meat.
From fresh spring rolls to a spicy green curry, and the best part? Their menu is extensive, giving you plenty of options to choose from each time you visit.
Pro Tip: Don’t miss their massaman curry—it’s out of this world. And if you’re going on a weekend, make sure to book a table in advance, as they tend to get quite busy.
2. Gorilla Kitchen
Address: 159 Symonds St Eden Terrace, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 11 AM to 9 PM
Phone: +64 22 060 6763
Gorilla Kitchen is another hotspot for vegan delights in Auckland. Whether you’re a fan of classic vegan burgers or in the mood to try innovative entrees like their jackfruit tacos, Gorilla Kitchen has you covered.
Their food is not only delicious, but it’s also presented beautifully, making for an Instagram-worthy meal.
Pro Tip: Try their chocolate mud cake for dessert—it’s rich, decadent, and completely vegan!
3. Revive Cafe
Address: 24 Wyndham St Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
Hours: Monday to Friday – 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Phone: +64 9 303 0420
Looking for a fast, healthy, and delicious vegan meal on the go? With two convenient locations in Auckland, Revive is the go-to spot for those seeking nutritious and flavorful plant-based meals in a pinch.
Their menu, which changes weekly, includes a variety of salads, hot pots, and delicious vegan desserts. The kadhai paneer masala hotpot is a must-try, packed with protein and rich, bursting flavours.
Pro Tip: If you’re a dessert lover, don’t miss their coconut and blueberry sago pudding—it’s a customer favourite!
4. Khu Khu Eatery
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Address: 171 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby, Auckland 1011 New Zealand
- Sunday & Tuesday to Thursday – 5 PM to 9 PM
- Friday & Saturday – 5 PM to 10 PM
Phone: +64 9 360 1992
Khu Khu serves up an array of delicious Thai-inspired dishes that are sure to impress even the most discerning foodie. From the rich and creamy penang curry to the crispy and tangy tofu larb, each dish is a symphony of flavor.
And did we mention the cocktails? Incredibly inventive and oh-so-refreshing, they’re the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
Pro Tip: Khu Khu offers a fantastic Bangkok Happy Hour between 3-5pm daily where you can snag some great deals on drinks and starters. Be sure not to miss their signature, lychee martini—it’s the talk of the town!
5. Wise Boys Burgers
Address: 604 Great North Rd Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021 New Zealand
- Monday to Thursday – 5 PM to 9 PM
- Friday to Sunday – 12 PM to 9 PM
Phone: +64 9 360 0801
Wise Boys Burgers has some of the most delectable vegan burgers in Auckland.
The classic Wise Boy burger, with its unique fusion of flavours, is a definite crowd-pleaser. But the real gem here is the hungry jack—a BBQ jackfruit burger that will absolutely blow your mind.
The joint also serves up a variety of vegan sides and shakes, ensuring you can indulge in a full-on fast-food experience without any guilt.
Pro Tip: If you’re feeling adventurous, go try their homemade aioli sauce. It’s so good, you’ll want to buy a jar (or two) to take home!
6. Vanilla Plant-Based Kitchen
Address: 65 Picton Street, Howick, Auckland 2014, New Zealand
Hours: Monday to Saturday – 8 AM to 3 PM
Phone: +64 210 375 309
Vanilla Plant-Based Kitchen is a haven for those who enjoy a dash of elegance along with their vegan fare. This stylish eatery prides itself on its innovative menu, where even the simplest of dishes are crafted with an artistic touch.
Their roasted squash salad is a tasteful symphony of flavours and textures, while the smoked tofu benedict turns a popular brunch classic into an exquisite vegan delight.
An array of healthy smoothies and delectable desserts round out the menu, ensuring you’ll leave satisfied and delighted with your visit.
Pro Tip: Try to snag a seat on their cosy patio. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely brunch.
Address: 460 Lake Rd, Takapuna, Auckland 0622 New Zealand
- Monday to Friday – 7 AM to 4 PM
- Saturday & Sunday – 8 AM to 4 PM
Phone: +64 9 486 2020
Mimosa is an absolute gem in Auckland’s vegan dining scene. The menu is a fusion of global flavours, with dishes like Japanese style curry and mushroom crepes.
Smoothies at Mimosa are no afterthought either, the almond coconut is a crowd favourite, delivering a sweet, indulgent finish to your meal that’s entirely guilt-free.
Pro Tip: Do not miss out on their peppermint flower energizer if you need a shot of energy.
8. Lord of the Fries (CBD)
Address: 18 Commerce St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
- Sunday to Tuesday – 11 AM to 9 PM
- Wednesday & Thursday – 11 AM to 10 PM
- Friday & Saturday – 11 AM to 2 AM
Phone: +64 9 600 1987
Lord of the Fries has taken the fast-food model and given it a plant-based twist. Their menu is an impressive array of vegan comfort food, from mouth-watering burgers and delectable hot dogs to their iconic chunky fries served with a selection of globally inspired sauces.
The phish burger is a standout, providing a cruelty-free interpretation of the classic fish burger that’s just as tasty as the real deal.
And those with a sweet tooth, do not despair. Lord of the Fries offers a line of sinfully good vegan shakes and desserts that are sure to satisfy your sugar cravings.
Pro Tip: For those of you who love a good deal, swing by Lord of the Fries on ‘Fry-Day’ (yes, you guessed right—it’s every Friday!) where you can grab a classic or spicy burger and regular fries for a special price.
9. Little Bird Kitchen
Address: 1 Summer St Ponsonby, Auckland 1011 New Zealand
Hours: Monday to Sunday – 8 AM to 4 PM
Phone: +64 27 648 4757
Little Bird Kitchen is a gem for those on the hunt for plant-based delights.
Their acai bowl is refreshing and perfect for a light start to the day, but if you want something more filling, get the kimchi toastie. (Yes, it has a slight kick to it!)
Pro Tip: Try the strawberry goji nut milk. The blend of coconut nectar and housemade cashew butter will satisfy your sweet tooth.